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Girls soccer: Broomfield advances to 5A semis with thrilling win

Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
Broomfield freshman Gia Lemly jumps into the arms of Michaela Stark after notching the winning goal in overtime against Pine Creek in the 5A state quarterfinals.

BROOMFIELD — The list of overtime heroes for the Broomfield girls soccer team grows by the day.

Freshman Gia Lemley may have more moments in store for the future as an Eagle, but on Wednesday at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium she became the latest Eagles player to have her teammates overwhelm her with hugs after she scored the winning goal in a 3-2 thriller against Pine Creek.

A battle of two high-powered offenses in the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A playoffs, the hosts got the best of the No. 5-seeded Eagles out of the Colorado Springs Metro League when Lemley followed up on a loose ball from about 25 yards and bent it past Pine Creek keeper Jade Odom with just 3 minutes, 40 seconds left in the first overtime.

It was the type of goal easily described as gritty, but the look didn’t matter for Broomfield. The look of a win, however, did as it sent them to Saturday’s semifinals against Mountain Vista.

“Lots of adrenaline and anxiety throughout this game, but once that goal went in it all went away,” said Lemley, who scored twice in the game to double her total for the season. “It was just, first thought, I’m going to hit it.”

The sense of relief from No. 4 Broomfield was palpable, especially given the start. Pine Creek’s bus arrived late after having been caught up in rush hour traffic, but the visitors certainly weren’t dragging after the unexpected delay.

Just 20 seconds into the contest, a misplay from Broomfield resulted in Pine Creek’s Ryanne Parker getting a one-on-one chance with BHS goalie Shannon Mooney, a bout which Parker got the best of from 15 yards to give Pine Creek a 1-0 advantage.

The Eagles’ confidence did not leave them, not with a full game to still play on their turf.

“We started off with two negative passes backwards, and that’s just not like us,” head coach Jim Davidson said. “It was just a horror show in the beginning of the match. But we got out of that (first) 10 minutes, even though we were down, we settled down and won the game back.”

The electric combination of Makena Bambei and Michaela Stark soon started to surface, and the pair connected on an up-the-middle through ball (Bambei feeding Stark) in the 12th minute to knot the game at 1-1.

Lemley, who scored in Broomfield’s 4-0 win over Grand Junction, got her first real chance in the 23rd minute off a soft lob from Bambei again, and she pocketed the ball to the far corner to give Broomfield a 2-1 lead.

The second half was a grueling test as Pine Creek amped up its physicality. Yellow cards were issued to both teams in the first 10 minutes after halftime, and while it didn’t give them the advantage, Pine Creek was able to set things even again in the 51st minute with a 30-yard rocket off the foot of Oregon-bound Jayne Lidyiatt that went top shelf over Mooney.

It stayed physical and, yes, even through the end of regulation, but Broomfield had the only two shots on frame in the overtime. Lemley’s score came from the left side of the field after Brooklynn Mooney won a ball toward midfield, dribbled it up-field and slid to keep a Pine Creek player from winning it outright close to goal.

It was the sixth overtime game, and fifth overtime win, for Broomfield dating to just April 21.

“That was an amazing goal, and I think that whole game was pretty emotional for us so when that went in, I know I started to cry,” said Stark, who notched her 13th goal. “There was stress building up the entire game. I think we proved we wanted it more. I was angry (after Pine Creek’s first goal), but you just have to take that anger back and use it.”

“The physicality of the game definitely effected us,” added Davidson. “We’ve been going to Gia more lately, and that’s because she competes and is a good technical player. She takes chances and is not afraid to win a game.”

Mountain Vista defeated 2014 champion Columbine 1-0 on Wednesday, winning even without star player Mallory Pugh. Pugh is training with the U.S. Women’s Under-20 National team and may not be available for the 11 a.m. matchup this weekend at Legacy Stadium.

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Broomfield 3, Pine Creek 2 (OT)

At Broomfield HS

Pine Creek 1 1 0 — 2
Broomfield 2 0 1 — 3

Goals (assists) — Pine Creek: Ryanne Parker (unassisted), 1st minute; Broomfield: Michaela Stark (Makena Bambei), 12th minute; Broomfield: Gia Lemley (Bambei), 23rd minute; Pine Creek: Jayne Lydiatt (unassisted), 51st minute); Broomfield: Lemley (unassisted), 92nd minute.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Pine Creek: Jade Odom (92-3-8); Broomfield: Shannon Mooney (92-2-6).